OVERVIEW: The Kimberly-Clark Foundation is broadly drawn to problems and regions of the world that present the most acute need.
IP TAKE: The Kimberly-Clark Foundation tends to direct much of its global health funding to large international organizations, which leaves less opportunities for small organizations.
PROFILE: Since the 1950s, the Kimberly-Clark Foundation has been a quiet contributor of global health efforts. The philanthropic arm of Kimberly-Clark, a multinational personal care corporation, the foundation offers support in the form of grants, in-kind donations, and employee volunteer time. It does not have key health priorities, and does not impose geographic restrictions on its grantmaking. Rather, Kimberly-Clark supports projects in developing countries that have acute need. For instance, Kimberly-Clark delivered medical supplies to rural areas of Latin America, and has supported malaria education and treatment in Kenya.
Kimberly-Clark prioritizes regions in which it has an operational presence, which complements its promise to be a "good employer, a good neighbor, and to support causes that provide essentials for a better life.” Grants range from $300,000 to $600,000, and are offered to only a handful of organizations. Its awards largely support established INGOs in public health.
While the Kimberly-Clark does not accept unsolicited letters of inquiry, grantseekers should contact the foundation if they believe their organization's work strongly aligns with the foundation’s grantmaking goals.
- Jennifer Lewis, Vice President